Hands-On Review of the Moto 360 2nd Generation Smartwatch

Trying to imagine my life without my Moto 360 is pretty tough, so when they announced the newest 2nd generation, my research started. Motorola finally realized that the one original size they had wasn't as appealing to women who also wanted a beautiful wearable. 

Image via  Wearable.com

Image via Wearable.com

Putting on the Moto 360 2nd generation feels quite different compared to the 1st generation. Much lighter, thinner, and of course, much smaller! Some of my biggest take-aways: 

  • The amazing amount of customization options available for this watch is a big hit. You can visit the Moto Maker to customize not only the size of the watch, but also the new finishes, bezels, and accents. For the straps, there is the leather version as well as the stylish double wrapped leather.
  • The watch starts at $299 and tops out at $450 depending on how you customize it with the Moto Maker. 
  • The “flat tire” as some people refer to this black piece on the front still returns from the first generation. However, this does help with the auto dimming or brightening of the screen. 
  • The battery did last a full day even with the ambient screen turned on, so with this being a smaller watch, it still packs a nice battery inside. Now, if you are a notification heavy user, the battery could go down much faster and you might be ready for a charge by the late evening.
  • The cool wireless charger also comes back and even though some have complained, it’s easy to travel with. 
  • The new Moto 360 is running the latest Android Wear and rumor has it that there is an update coming out any day that will give the watch even more of a boost in terms of how notifications will look.
  • The amount of watch faces available is always fun to play with and with the latest release of Android Wear, there are more to choose from and work directly with the fitness tracker. 

If you are interested in a smartwatch, this would be my first suggestion to you! Ladies -- especially YOU!